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September 27, 2013

Overthinking It

Mariano Rivera's Final Four Outs

by Ben Lindbergh


Assuming he doesn’t pitch in Houston this weekend—and after the fanfare and misty-eyed moments of his Yankee Stadium send-off, an appearance against the Astros, unless it’s in center, would feel like a letdown—Mariano Rivera threw his final 13 pitches last night. Let’s watch and savor each one of them, because we’re not going to get any more.

Vs. Delmon Young

Pitch 1

Rivera’s first offering wasn’t his signature cutter, but a sinker that ran toward the handle of Delmon Young’s bat instead of breaking away. The pitch was off the inside corner, so Young didn’t get the sweet spot on it, but he did get around quickly enough to hit a soft liner that hung up for Vernon Wells. One pitch, one out.

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